There is so much you’re going to love about Beth and Jamie’s self-proclaimed ‘hipster Star Wars’ themed wedding that I barely know where to start! With a budget of £8,000 they got married on… yep, you guessed it, May 4th, and the attention to detail does not stop there.
Inspired by The Forest Moon Of Endor from Return Of The Jedi, as massive Star Wars fans the couple knew they wanted to have a themed wedding but for it not to appear cheesy or forced – they wanted a tasteful vibe that suited their traditional church ceremony but that still had elements that reflected their personalities.
Since meeting at work 10 years ago, Vicky and Caz loved the idea of having an informal beach wedding somewhere alternative, and a fun day for all their family and friends to enjoy. They fell in love with Herne Bay so much that they’ve since decided to move there!
Armed with a £6000 budget, the couple were influenced by the phrase ‘Tying the Knot’ to theme their day, combined with Caz’s own artwork, which is inspired by Sailor Jerry tattoos and their pier-side location. Together with their mums, Vicky and Caz DIY’d all the elements for their day, including stationery, decor and favours. They handmade swallows which hung across the ceremony venue and added swallow decals to the walls. Caz used a carnival style font throughout the stationery to tie in with the pier location and a vibrant colour palette of blue and yellow. They painted pebbles to use as place names and keepsakes.
If you need a dose of pure joy injected into your veins today then I’m about to hook you up… Behold, one of the cutest, most love-filled weddings ever! Graeme and Gareth were married at Myres Castle near Fife. They both wore the most incredible bespoke outfits made by Atelier Rahman and they even had their cats pop down for some photos!
Oh, and they did one of the BEST first dances I’ve ever seen. These guys are my HEROES! Check it out in the video below:
Their main theme for their late spring celebration was rustic with a touch of elegance. They were married outside, under a huge tree. “Our ceremony was inspired by an Indian style wedding so all of our immediate family walked up the aisle before us as part of the entrance”, they explained. “Since Graeme is part of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, he has many musician friends so we had backing music as well as a mini orchestra. We had six of them playing during the ceremony (a harp, two cellos, two violin and a flute). They played our family and us up the aisle. Our humanist, Maggie, was amazing and made our service so personal. We lit candles for lost ones (especially Graeme’s mum who we lost last year to MND). We did a handfasting and we revealed our Robertson-Brown family tree that Graeme had worked years on. We then walked back up the aisle to the surprise pipe band who were hiding behind a wall!”
“The most unique part of our wedding has to be our outfits”, they continued, “They are very ‘couture’ and people had never seen anything like it. We had our designer Ansar Rahman there for the day as we became very close friends during the design process. We also had an Egyptian tanoura dancer (Gareth lived in Egypt for two years so wanted this bit of culture). He performed during the day and also for the evening guests. An Elvis tribute act was also a surprise for Graeme from Gareth during the speeches that went down a storm (tears were flowing).”
Tori and Richard didn’t have lots of extra cash to drop on their May wedding, so instead of going into debt they simply decided to make peace with it and to plan the wedding they wanted within their £4500 means. They sold things they no longer needed (like fancy silverware that they NEVER used or even looked at) in order to raise the funds they needed (“It transpires we wanted a wedding DJ more than a canteen of fancy spoons!”) We are ALL about this attitude here at Rock n Roll Bride by the way!
They were wed at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel on bank holiday Monday. “Since we had no idea about a theme but were trying to wrangle dinosaurs and space together as things that represented ‘us’, our theme kind of became Interstellar on a budget!!” said the bride. “I looked at Pinterest, saw some projects and thought ‘This must be how you theme a wedding in 2019… with rose gold dino toys’ because everyone else was doing it. Cue three days of haunting toy shops before we abandoned that idea and decided to do it our own way instead. Richard had started to look at wedding stationery, saw some great customisable star designs on Vistaprint and that ended up being what we went with because it just felt right.”
Tattoo artists Fiona and Stix met when they worked in the same shop together. They were friends first but it became more than that on a trip to Venice! For their March wedding they wanted to keep things simple, but to include elements that felt right for them. They had little in the way of extra decorations or props, but skulls were a bit of a recurring theme!
“I never really thought of a theme as such, it was just kind of us”, said Fiona “It came together with the things we love. Both being tattooists, we obviously love skulls and all things dark. I just wanted it to be a bit different to the norm but not so it looked like a full-on Halloween party.”
“Our attitude is what made our wedding the most unique”, she continued. “I just honestly didn’t care what other people thought about our wedding! I kept telling myself ‘Just do what you want!’ We had decorations the way we wanted them, The Damned blaring as I walked down the aisle, a homemade amethyst and moon handmade crown, a skull wedding ring… and if someone didn’t like it, I didn’t mind.. After all it was for us.”
Meet Tesni and Andrew: Married on May 4th, they had small touches of Star Wars throughout the day, but also included their other favourite movies and novels (lots of Terry Pratchett!) in the table names and decorations. The pregnant bride chose to wear blue as a nod to their son who was due two months after the wedding… And, even better, she found it for £500 in a closing down sale!
The day had an elegant, vintage and timeless feel, but also feel personalised and very ‘them’. “Our wedding theme was to just tell our story – eclectic, personal and slightly geeky!” said the bride.
The ceremony was originally planned for outside, but to make things easier for the seven-month pregnant Tesni, they moved it indoors to the great hall at Plas Dinam Country House at the last minute. “Its stunning moulded ceiling and deep coral walls went perfectly with our colour scheme”, she explained, “and everyone staying in the house had eaten a pre-wedding dinner made by my mum in there the night before so it just felt completely relaxed.”